File No. 893.01/56.

Minister Reinsch to the Secretary of State.


Shanghai disturbances have thus far remained without consequences although repetition of similar local attempts is expected. Government continues preparations for monarchy. Yesterday afternoon Prince Pulun in an electoral meeting nominated Yuan as Emperor which indicates that Manchus are resigned.

Council of State today passed vote calling for Yuan to accept the crown as popular unanimous vote demanded. Yuan refused to receive the memorial. Another meeting this afternoon returned memorial together with all provincial memorials. It is contended that Yuan will yield and edict will be issued without delay preparing for empire.